On the 16th of June 2021, ICT professionals, including designers, installers and technicians gathered at the University of Otago Staff Club and virtually for the 2021 BICSI Dunedin Seminar. The BICSI Series assist ICT professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature. Proudly supported by Aotea communications, the theme of the 2021 Seminar was Infrastructure for Digital Hospitals and Schools.
The evening began with everyone coming together for registration and light refreshments followed by an official BICSI update and welcome from Tim Davidson.
The first speaker was Kimball McHugo, Chief Advisor of Technology in Schools at the Ministry of Education (MoE). Kimball presented on the MoE Network Upgrade Program, being run by Network for Learning, which aims to advance all NZ schools in digital technologies. Kimball provided an overview of the Program and outline the latest requirements in the MoE’s ICT cabling standards (now C6a FUTP and Single-mode fibre); and the MoE’s passive optical trials.
Following Kimball, our next speaker, John Wall, Principal Technical Advisor, Caboolture Hospital Redevelopment Project at Queensland Health and Chair of the Queensland Government Cabling Standards Committee presented on Dependable Delivery of Digital Healthcare via Teams. As the Department’s Principal Technical Advisor on ICT infrastructure, John has been intimately involved in the ICT design philosophy, while providing specialist infrastructure considerations for Healthcare ICT networks. His presentation provided an overview of design philosophies and guidance on proper implementation of ICT Infrastructure for dependable delivery of Digital Healthcare.
The seminar wrapped up by unwinding with some drinks, nibbles and networking. It was an incredible opportunity for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector to come together for an evening of education and technological advancements while networking with colleagues from right across the South Island.